History of ancient philosophy

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
M-FIL/07
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to offer a brief knowledge of the history of ancient philosophy. The course also provide the ability to analyze and interpret the most up-to-date texts of the main reference authors and introduce the awareness of the perspective and historical distance, as well as of the problems related to it (with particular reference to the use of historiographical knowledge for the purposes of contemporary philosophical research). Finally, the course aims to provide the minor and conceptual tools suitable for historical-philosophical communication, with particular reference to ancient thought, both scientific and popular.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding:

- In-depth knowledge of the history of ancient philosophy through comparison between classic texts written by fundamental authors
- understanding of the theoretical and historical significance of the texts
- understanding of some central nodes of ancient thought
- full awareness of the transformation over time of concepts and argumentative forms in relation to language and reality.
Skills:
- Ability to critically apply the knowledge learned in reading and commenting on complex and ancient philosophical, framing them historically.
- Ability to apply the acquired knowledge on ancient thought, specifically on the relationship between language and reality.
Course syllabus and organization

[A-K]

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
During the ongoing covid emergency, the course syllabus will be maintained with the following changes made to enhance the effectiveness of the online version of the course, which was originally designed for face-to-face teaching.
The lessons will be held in dual mode. The face-to-face lessons will allow the participation of students connected with MSTeams as well as students in the classroom.
The recordings of the lessons will remain available for 24 hours.

Online environments used:
Moodle Labonline: https://labonline.ctu.unimi.it/course/view.php?id=276
Teams: v49ffav

Students wishing to participate in face-to-face lessons must refer to the following University provisions:
https://www.unimi.it/en/study/bachelor-and-master-study/following-your-…

Students wishing to participate in MSTeams lessons must refer to the following technical guides:
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To participate in the exam sessions, students must refer to the following provisions:

https://www.unimi.it/en/study/bachelor-and-master-study/following-your-…
Course syllabus
The course is divided into two parts. In the first part, starting from the texts (in Italian translation) a general framework of the history of ancient philosophy from the pre-Socratics to Aristotle will be provided. The second part is designed to reinforce the skills acquired in the first part, through the reading of texts of a different nature (pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Plotinus) on the topic of the good life.
Knowledge of the general lines of the history of ancient philosophy will also be acquired through the study of a textbook, encouraging the student to apply autonomously the indications of method and knowledge acquired to the authors and problems presented in the reference text.
Prerequisites for admission
No specific requirements other than those required for access to the course of studies
Teaching methods
Lectures, classroom and online discussions, lectures or parts of lectures for Q&A.
Teaching Resources
Readings and assignments for attending students:
Please contact the teacher to agree on a bibliography in English.

9 CFU (= 60 hours):
1. F. Trabattoni, La filosofia antica. Profilo critico-storico, Carocci;
2. Dispensa a cura del Docente (disponibile online);
3. Platone, "Repubblica", I (intero), II (parte) e X (parte) libro, trad. di M. Vegetti, BUR*;
4. Aristotele, "Etica Nicomachea", libro I, trad. di C. Natali, Laterza;*
5. Epicuro, "Lettera a Meneceo", trad. G. Arrighetti (online)*;
6. Epitteto, "Manuale", a cura di P. Hadot, Einaudi*;
7. Plotino, "Sulla felicità", a cura di M. Bonazzi, Einaudi.

6 CFU (= 40 hours):
1. F. Trabattoni, La filosofia antica. Profilo critico-storico, Carocci;
2. Dispensa a cura del docente (disponibile online);
3. Platone, "Repubblica", I (intero), II (parte) e X (parte) libro, trad. di M. Vegetti, BUR*;
4. Aristotele, "Etica Nicomachea", libro I, trad. di C. Natali, Laterza*

*E' possibile utilizzare traduzioni differenti, ma in classe saranno lette quelle citate e su di esse si svolgerà l'esame.

Non attending students:

9 CFU:
1. F. Trabattoni, La filosofia antica. Profilo critico-storico, Carocci;
2. F. Trabattoni, La filosofia di Platone. Verità e ragione umana, Carocci;
3. F. Ademollo, M. Vegetti, "Incontro con Aristotele", Einaudi, solo i capitoli XI e XII;
4. Platone, "Repubblica", libri I (intero) e II (intero), trad. di M. Vegetti, BUR (si considera l'Introduzione al volume come materiale d'esame);
5. Aristotele, "Etica Nicomachea", libro I, trad. di C. Natali, Laterza (si considera l'introduzione al volume come materiale d'esame).

6 CFU:
1. F. Trabattoni, La filosofia antica. Profilo critico-storico, Carocci;
2. F. Trabattoni, La filosofia di Platone. Verità e ragione umana, Carocci;
3. Platone, "Repubblica", libri I (intero) e II (intero), trad. di M. Vegetti, BUR (si considera l'Introduzione al volume come materiale d'esame);
Assessment methods and Criteria
The examination will take place in written and oral form. Through a written test, partly closed-ended and partly open-ended, the teacher will test the general knowledge of the history of ancient philosophy. The oral examination will focus on the themes and texts discussed in class.
The following will be assessed:
- the level of knowledge of theory (exposition) and the ability to exemplify concepts (comprehension);
- the autonomy of judgement in gathering and interpreting useful elements for solving problems related to the course topics (development);
- the communication skills in terms of the adequacy of the language in explaining the acquired competences and the related problems (exposition).
Unita' didattica A
M-FIL/07 - HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
M-FIL/07 - HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
M-FIL/07 - HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours

[L-Z]

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
The syllabus is shared with the following courses:
- [C25-952](https://www.unimi.it/en/ugov/of/af2022000c25-952)
Unita' didattica A
M-FIL/07 - HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
M-FIL/07 - HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
M-FIL/07 - HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
Tuesday 9.30-12.30
Office D29, Department of Historical Studies